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Mariah Rain - 2011-06-18
My mom and I are looking to buy a friesian horse and I know they are relatively prone to colic...What would anyone suggest for a healthy, balanced diet for a friesian? I've been searching on the internet but it's come up with so many different supplements and feeds that I cannot decide which is best for my horse.

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  • Audrey - 2011-08-14
    Absent any statistical proof, I'm not sure I agree that Friesians are any more prone to colic than any other breed. I do all I can to keep my Friesians healthy - plenty of turnout (12+ hours per day or 24/7), free choice grass hay (the closer to organic, the better and don't limit! If your horse is getting fat, they need more exercise, not less hay!), automatic waterers (to ensure they are getting fresh, not stagnant water), lots of exercise to promote hunger and keep weight off, herd companionship, regular worming, pick your pastures and paddocks (yes, I do, every week), and I only use one feed supplement that I strongly believe in - Progressive Feed. I use the Grass Balancer. Any vitamins or minerals that are missing in the grass or hay I am feeding, are covered by that supplement. NO OTHER SUPPLEMENTS - avoid toxicity. Take a look at www.prognutrition.com They are the best, and believe me, I've researched ad nauseum. Good luck! Put your horse first and remember - one of the biggest ways to cause colic is to limit feed. Keep the gut moving at all times!
  • mike - 2011-12-28
    My horse sound just like your does, I think I gave him too much wormer that has been 3 mo ago and he is just now starting to put on weight. I have talk to a old time horse trainer he said some horse will loss weight get sick. I too had a vet out and no luck it was just time and good care I hope your horse get better I hope this will help.

  • christiana - 2012-02-01
    Hi
    I'm breeding Friesians since 18 years and we very,very seldom had colic problems.These horses don't need lots and any special food. If they are not working hard every day,-they only have to get a good grass timo. mixture hay. Never ever overfeed them ! Their bodies don't need that much food like other hose breeds. To much protein will give them the problems, like colics and laminitis or founder. No moldy hay ,lots of room to move around, some four-legged friends and lots of love.
  • Marie - 2013-11-03
    We have a Friesan/Canadian X and she has never had colic, although she likes to roll. She is currently living outside on pasture and hay and quite a belly. Since we have been working her out lately, she has lost her belly. I give her an equalizer to give her the missing vitamins without the extra calories. She has since 3 months now lost her belly. She is looking really fit and really healthy.
  • Lynne - 2014-06-08
    My Friesian gelding is 14 years old and I have owned him for 6 years. He is 'healthy as a horse'. Good quality hay and grain and water… thank goodness, never had a problem. Just a magnificent animal. I would have 10 of them if I could. A breeder in Connecticut has many Friesians upwards of 20 years old… they are all healthy… lot of carrots, corn oil, honey and finely ground flaxseed seems to do the trick.
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Michelle Byrd - 2013-11-15
I've just adopted a retired 7yr old gelding thoroughbred- just retired in Oct 2013. What I need to know is how do I retrain him to be a regular show, trail, and everyday riding horse? I also need to know how to change his diet to be fed twice a day and thrifty

 

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-10
    It sounds like you need some in-depth help with both training and feeding of your new thoroughbred. I found this site, Training Off-the-Track-Thoroughbreds, which looks like it has help with both of those issues. Hope it helps.
  • Christina Sausedo-Wellman - 2014-05-03
    The site Off Track Thoroughbred is a great site!!!  I have a retired Thoroughbred too, he has been with our family now for almost 4 years.  We love him sooooo much!
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Jamie - 2012-10-20
I live in the Pilbara, in Western Australia would a Haflinger be able to take the hot weather here? It gets up to 45degrees nearly every day in summer, coldest is around 18degrees in winter. thanks :)

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-10-20
    I don't know why not as I think horses are pretty flexible with weather changes. I live in a desert, and there are all sorts of breeds kept by people here.
  • Kt - 2014-03-23
    Hi we have 3 haflingers, one we just got yesterday. We bought a pair and they are wild and crazy! We have tried to ride them only to be thrown off every time. They are very skittish we kind of gave up on riding them. They fight and have to be seperated because all are dominant. We are going to try to tie them to the tractor and make them walk slowly, hoping to try to calm them down to ride, wish us luck:) beautiful horses.
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Dee - 2014-03-03
My cousin bought a Morgan mare about 4 years ago. He has been gracious enough to let me ride her any time I want. She is very high strung and the most amazing animal ever. She's in her mid 20s, but you would never know she's that old. She is not a horse for a novice as she will take full advantage of someone who does not know what they are doing.

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fred - 2011-12-21
I have a 22 year old Morgan mare who thinks and acts like a 6 year old! She's still doing 50 mile Endurance races and LOVES to jump! She has been unbelievably healthy and can be a real sweetheart when she wants to be. I've been looking at other breeds for my next horse, but none are as versatile as a Morgan!!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-22
    WOW that one has stamina - must be much good care and lots of love.
  • Charlene - 2014-01-28
    I'm thinking about adopting a 25year old x show jumper Morgan gelding. From a rescue. In a way I'm worried he might be too old. I plan on doing trail riding. Thanks Charlene
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Laura - 2014-01-24
I have loved horses all of my life and I came across 'Gabriel' purely by accident. My neighbor and I were out hitting the local yard sales. One place we stopped at had a pretty Palimino on the back property. I commented on her. Lynn the owner said I have one for sale. It was not the Palimino however,it was Gaberiel, a 16yr old Chestnut Arabian. Lynn threw my 11yr old son up on his back and led him around the yard. Gabriel was so passive and friendly. My son had taken riding lessons over the summer but is still very much a beginner. Yet, Gabriel (Gabe)was so gentle I thought this might be a good way to continue my son in riding. To make a long story shorter ~ I told my husband (who was out of country)about him and he said get him. When I said I was scared he asked why. I told him a horse is very time consuming. He told me not to worry about it and to go ahead. So I made the jump and bought him. However, though Gabe is 16, you would not know it. Put him under sadddle and he is a different horse. The first time I got on him he went to bucking and kicking up his heels. Scared me to death. What happened to the sweet passive horse I bought?? There was no way I could put my son on him. I didn't give up though and soon I could simply give a verbal correction when he would start acting up and he would calm down. However, I realized this is not a horse for my son so I would have to be the one to become his owner/partner. I have developed a wonderful friendship with Gabriel, it took a little time for us to learn each other but he aims to please. He has learned to trust me and me him. I look forward to getting up everyday and spending time with him. I loose time at the stables and minutes turn into hours in a flash. My husband now fully understand my concern of how time consuming a horse can be ~ he has become a horse widower. Gabe is a wonderful horse, friend and companion. He has a wonderful disposition and friendly to everyone. When I think of how Gabe came into my life I believe we were ment to be. He is truely a gift from heaven.

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Anonymous - 2013-09-25
Mustangs are awsome! ! !

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  • bryce - 2013-11-21
    This website is amazing.
  • Anonymous - 2014-01-14
    i love horses
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horselover 902 - 2011-07-26
My family owns 5 quarter horses. I love the breed. I ride a 7 year old gray
gelden named pekito [little bit in spanish]. I just found this website and love it.

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  • hannah - 2014-01-08
    That is great!
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Jenny - 2013-07-26
Hi. I have a 13 yr old part Arabian. I had to put her at a boarding ranch just about a month ago. And they only feed her 2 flakes a day but every time I go. It's like she is starving. Not just a lill nibble here and there. I'm talking about grubbing down like she is super hungry. I ask the ranch owner who is a trainer and he says she's ok. But I think she needs more. Any suggestions..

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  • Pat - 2013-09-28
    I like to free feed my Arabian horse. I notice he likes to chow down off and on all day. Put him on pasture or insist on his getting fed 3x's a day. I feed a good 25 lbs @ a time.
  • Morgan - 2013-12-03
    Hi I am trying to reach a go to Arabian haven ranch because I have a 3yr old Arab mare. I have some questions about her and would love to ask the ranch owner or who ever knows the Arabian breed. I have had 3 and they are amazing animals andalways my first choice but I have never dealt with one like mine and I want to see about things I can do more for her and are safe but I can't get to it from my phone. Please if Arabian haven ranch sees this or someone knows how to reach them please let me know or anyone who has a great deal of knowledge about Arabs please contact me my email is morganw1987@yahoo.com thanks to all have a wonderful night.
  • Morgan .T - 2014-01-03
    If she looks like she is staving then i say you tell the owner that ur horse isn't being taken care of
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Pam - 2013-12-29
For many years I have been a dedicated TB person until a friend sent me their National Show Horse to train English since she wanted to sell him. He had only done trails with no formal training. His intelligence and willingness made it an absolute delight to work with this horse. I ended up falling head over heels for him! When introducing a new movement to him, he would actually talk back to me by whinnying when he got it! I have never had a horse in all my years of riding that would express his joy and pride in himself when he understood what you were asking him to do!

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